Athletics Urshela Smacks 5 Hits
Saturday, May 22nd , 2021
The Los Angeles Angels downed the Oakland Athletics 8-4 today at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, in spite of the best efforts of Oakland third baseman Gio Urshela. Urshela lashed the ball all over the park in a 5-hit explosion, finishing with a 5-for-5 line -- and a loss.

"I don't remember a better day batting, but it sure is disappointing to lose the game," he said to BNN reporters in the postgame interview. "A win would have made the day much sweeter."

Asked if he would adjust his strategy next time the Angels face Urshela, Los Angeles manager Mark A said "absolutely not."

"Our strategy was to not give him good pitches to hit," he said. "We didn't do that, and he worked us over. Thankfully, we won anyway, and next time we'll pitch to him better."

Gio Urshela doubled in the 1st, singled in the 3rd, singled in the 5th, singled in the 8th and singled in the 9th.

This year Urshela has collected a .338 batting average to date with 53 hits in 157 at-bats, 25 RBIs, 5 home runs and scored 20 times. He has played in 39 games.

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